Friday night in Western Hockey League action.Oliver Bjorkstr

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Friday night in Western Hockey League action.Oliver Bjorkstr

Postby ruogu1234 » October 16th, 2019, 11:57 pm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Chicago Bears defensive co-ordinator Mel Tucker insisted he is only focused on one thing.That would be the next game, not his future.That may be hard to believe, but its not hard as a coach or as a player to get ready for this matchup, Tucker said.Chicago hosts New Orleans on Monday in a game between disappointing teams that are 5-8.While the Saints are tied with Atlanta for the NFC South lead, the Bears will miss the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years.Their defence has ranked among the leagues worst in two seasons under Tucker, who shrugged off questions about his job security and reiterated several times his focus is on preparing for the Saints.Tucker said he hasnt discussed his future with his bosses. If he is gone, few would be surprised.A franchise built on the strength of its defence, with names such as Butkus and Singletary, has been coming up short in a big way.Whether its the coaching or talent, injuries or execution, the Bears have taken a big step back in that area after consistently ranking among the leagues best under former coach Lovie Smith.Theyre allowing a league-high average of 29.1 points, which is about as bad as last season when they allowed 29.9 per game and tied for second worst in the NFL.Chicago is also tied for 28th in yards allowed (377.8 yards per game) and ranks 30th against the pass despite a major off-season overhaul.Injuries cant be overlooked.They were hit hard in that area a year ago, and its been more of the same this time around.Theyve lost four starters to season-ending injuries, with middle linebacker D.J. Williams (neck), joining defensive end Lamarr Houston, cornerback Charles Tillman and linebacker Lance Briggs on injured reserve on Thursday.First of all, were not in the business of making excuses for injuries; we cant, coach Marc Trestman said.Linebacker Jonathan Bostic pinned the Bears struggles on the players — not the coaches. He insisted the issue is execution and thats on the guys wearing helmets and pads.Its not on the coaches, Bostic said. We go back and watch the film and everybody will see it. Everything coaches are coaching us (to do), it needs to show up in the game. It cant show up in two out of three plays because that one play where it didnt show up — where one player jumped out of the gap or didnt do exactly what were being coached to do — is when we give up a big play.Asked if he has been given enough talent to succeed, Tucker said: You have to deal in the moment and in the immediate situation, which is New Orleans. We feel good about the guys we have going into the game and our preparation, and thats really all that matters. We feel good about this group, whether theyre rookies or not, just collectively to go in there and get the job done in the game. Thats what were talking about.The Bears have allowed more passing plays of 20 or more yards — 51 — than all but one team, the Philadelphia Eagles.There was similar speculation about his future a year ago, and on Thursday, Tucker dismissed it as something that comes with the territory. He has coached 10 seasons in the NFL and eight in college, so its nothing new to him.Tucker was also asked about the opening at Wisconsin, where he played as a defensive back.He talked to athletic director Barry Alvarez, his former coach, about the job in 2012, but remained in Jacksonville as the Jaguars defensive co-ordinator. That position is open again after Gary Andersen left for Oregon State.Would Tucker be interested this time if his old coach contacted him?Thats a hypothetical, Tucker said. I try to stay out of those. Ultimately, the sole focus is New Orleans and preparing for those guys. Thats the only thing Im thinking about right now.NOTES: K Robbie Gould hopes to be ready after missing a game because of a pulled right quadriceps. He sat out practice along with S Chris Conte (back), OL Michael Ola (back) and LB Darryl Sharpton (hamstring). DT Jeremiah Ratliff (knee) was limited. ... Tucker said there is a good chance Bostic will move to middle linebacker with Williams out.___Online:AP NFL website: and Custom Nike San Francisco Giants Jerseys . Smith, who raised eyebrows at the CFL combine in March with his ability on both sides of the ball, confirmed in a statement he tested positive for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol prior to auditioning for league officials. 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On July 27 cyclings best-known race will host "La Course by Le Tour de France" -- a one-day womens competition staged hours before Tour riders race on the same circuit to finish the three-week event on Paris Champs-Elysees.SPOKANE, Wash. - Paul Bittner had a hat trick as the Portland Winterhawks beat the Spokane Chiefs 5-3 on Friday night in Western Hockey League action.Oliver Bjorkstrand scored once and added three assists for Portland (22-18-3) and Anton Cederholm also scored.Adam Helewka struck twice for the Chiefs (22-15-3), with Liam Stewart adding his 14th of the season.Goaltender Adin Hill turned away 27 shots for the win as Garret Hughson made 31 stops in the loss.The Winterhawks were scoreless on three power plays while Spokane scored once on five chances.---OIL KINGS 4 PATS 1REGINA — Brandon Ralph had a goal and an assist as Edmonton downed the Pats for its fourth-straight win.Davis Koch, Tyler Robertson and Lane Bauer also scored for the Oil Kings (20-16-5).Pavel Padakin answered back in the second period for Regina (25-13-3). The Pats entered the game having gone 5-0-1 in their last six games.---SILVERTIPS 6 WARRIORS 2MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Dawson Leedahl had a pair of goals and added an assist as Everett scored four times in the second period to beat the Warriors.Montreal Canadiens prospect Nikita Scherbak, Kohl Bauml, Ben Betker and Jordan Wharrie also chipped in for the Silvertips (25-12-4).Tanner Eberle opened the scoring on the power play for Moose Jaw (17-22-4). Brett Howden also scored for the Warriors, who dropped their third straight.---RAIDERS 4 BRONCOS 3 (OT)PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Reid Gardiner scored his second goal of the game at 1:05 of overtime as the Raiders edged Swift Current.Austin Glover and Kris Schmidli also scored for Prince Albert (18-23-1).Jordan Thomson, Cavin Leth and Jake DeBrusk had goals for the Broncos (20-17-5).---REBELS 3 ICE 1CRANBROOK, B.C. — Jeff de Wit and Presten Kopeck scored in the first period to lead Red Deer past the Ice.Riley Sheen added a power-play goal in the third period to round out the Rebels (22-14-5) attack.Cale Fleury replied with his first of the season in the third period for Kootenay (21-19-1).---HURRICANES 4 BLADES 1LLETHBRIDGE, Alta.dddddddddddd — Giorgio Estephan had a three-point night — including two goals — as the Hurricanes scored four straight to beat Saskatoon.Tyler Wong and Kade Jensen rounded out the Lethbridge (10-23-6) attack. The win snaps its four-game losing streak.Cameron Hebig scored midway through the third period for the Blades (9-29-3).---ROCKETS 2 BLAZERS 1 (SO)KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Dillon Dube and Nick Merkley scored in the shootout as Kelowna beat the Blazers for its fourth-straight win.Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl tied the game for the No. 2 nationally-ranked Rockets (33-6-3) in the third period to force extra time.Luke Harrison found the back of the net with his eighth of the season for Kamloops (14-23-6).---AMERICANS 4 THUNDERBIRDS 3 (SO) KENNEWICK, Wash. — Richard Nejezchleb had the only goal in the shootout and started the comeback in regulation as the Americans slipped past Seattle.Nejezchleb and Brian Williams scored 29 seconds apart late in the third period to tie the game and force overtime for Tri-City (20-19-2). Tyler Morrison also scored in the first period.Defenceman Shea Theodore had a three-point night for the Thunderbirds (19-16-5) in his return from Canadas gold medal world junior team. Theodore scored twice and Jerret Smith added the other for Seattle.---ROYALS 3 COUGARS 2 (OT)VICTORIA — Tyler Soy scored 1:03 into overtime as the Royals edged Prince George.Brandon Magee led the Victoria (21-19-3) offence with two goals.Chase Witala and Aaron Boyd both scored short-handed goals for the Cougars (20-22-1).---GIANTS 5 TIGERS 3VANCOUVER — Matt Bellerive had a power-play goal in the first period for the Giants, as they scored three times in the opening period to beat Medicine Hat.Dalton Sward, Jesse Roach, Dakota Popoff and Mason Geertsen rounded out the Vancouver (19-20-2) attack.Markus Eisenschmid, Cole Sanford and Trevor Cox all scored for the No. 7 Tigers (28-10-2), who had their four-game winning streak halted.--- ' ' '
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